Jeffery’s Sonnet

My guess is the middle intital “J.” in Scott J. Alcorn stands for Jeffrey. Or, this sonnet is named for the title or subject of a poem written by Alcorn. It appears the form varies from the metric pattern of most sonnets and has a unique rhyme scheme.

Jeffrey’s Sonnet is:
• 2 sestets followed by a couplet.
• syllabic, 8 syllables per line.
• rhymed, rhyme scheme aabccb ddeffe ge. There is internal cross rhyme within syllables 2 thru 4 of L7, L13 & L14.
• composed with no suggested criteria for a pivot although it appears to occur between the sestets, leaving the end couplet as a summary.

x x x x x x x a
x x x x x x x a
x x x x x x x b
x x x x x x x c
x x x x x x x c
x x x x x x x b

x x x b x x x d
x x x x x x x d
x x x x x x x e
x x x x x x x f
x x x x x x x f
x x x x x x x e

x x e x x x x g
x x x g x x x e

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Example Poem:

Color Me Cold   (Jeffery’s Sonnet0
I, being forced somewhere to go,
had to ignore the winter snow.
There were no airport flights today.
The clouds were threatening and grey;
I could now get there just one way.
With fear I drove into the haze.
The ice was glaze on Interstate;
I’d either die or get there late.
I fell into a motel bed.
I’d sleep some then I’d drive refreshed.
Two nights I was a captured guest.
The urge to leave was in my head.
I found instead car frozen tight.
for through the night the ice had spread.
© Lawrencealot – June 18, 2013
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Harrisham sonnet

Created by Harrisham Minhas of Allpoetry
Harrisham Sonnet is written in 3 stanzas consisting of 2 sestets and a couplet.
For each of the stanzas, the last letter of the first word of each line
is the first letter of the first word of the next line.
There is no restriction on the starting letter of the first line in each of the stanzas.
There is no restriction on the syllable count in this form,
but it is required that the poem should have a good rhythm to it.
Rhyme scheme:  ababab cdcdcd ee

Example Poem:

Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers (Harrisham Sonnet)
Don’t speak in anger, dear,
risks message getting lost
though words themselves are clear;
revoked by neural cost,
thrust by defensive fear.
Refrain from words just tossed.
If the meaning is clear,
revisit fairness too.
There’s no need blaming here,
we must solve “how” not “who”
only know- I revere
everything about you.
Gently whisper tonight.
Then I will make it right.
© November 26, 2012
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Dorn Sonnet

The Dorn Sonnet is a modern sonnet form created for a contest by the New Formalist group. It is unusual for having a couplet sandwiched between two sestets.

Form Type: Metrical
Origins: American
Creator: Alfred Dorn
Number of Lines: 14
abcabc ee aeaeae or abcabc dd efefef

Meter: Iambic Pentameter

1. The form is created from an Italian Sestet followed by a couplet followed by a Sicilian Sestet.

2. There are two rhyme schemes given, the first uses the same rhyme ending from the first sestet in the second sestet, these two schemes are:
a) a,b,c,a,b,c-d,d-a,e,a,e,a,e, this scheme is likely to be complex to fulfil in English a language poor in rhyme.
b) a,b,c,a,b,c-d,d-e,f,e,f,e,f, this is the easier of the two schemes to use in English.

3. The meter to be used is Iambic Pentameter.

4. The form divides into three sections. The first sets up the theme of the poem. The centre couplet provides the turn and sets up for the second section which provides a variation of the opening theme.

Example Poem:

Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers (Dorn Sonnet)

Should you be moved to speak in anger dear
I ask that first you test your words alone.
If meaning’s very clear, then is it fair?
You’ll want to be assured your meaning’s clear.
If anger stems from blunder of my own
you know that I’ll be eager to repair.

Anytime, words can wait, while anger cools-
a deep breath, then converse when reason rules.

Perhaps, the words should simply disappear
Wait  now, until your anger can abate.
If I have stumbled I’ll get straight, don’t fear.
I’ll listen, think, and I’ll appreciate.
When we’re in bed just whisper in my ear.
I’ll rectify the works without debate.

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Cornish Sonnet

The Cornish Sonnet is said to be influenced by Arab traders to the Cornish coast. This verse form is a merging of Arabic meter and the sonnet. Exactly when and how this came about I have yet to pin down. Early Cornish verse is fragmented and stingy at best. The earliest literature in the Cornish language were fragments of religious plays. The language became all but extinct by the 18th century but what was preserved demonstrates some verse in octaves using 7 syllable loose trochaic lines and alternating rhyme. Unlike verse from other Celtic origins, deliberate use of alliteration or other devices of “harmony of sound” are not present. This sonnet form doesn’t fit with these early findings so I can only assume that it arrived on the scene much later than originally presumed.

The defining features of the Cornish Sonnet are:
lyrical meditation.
a quatorzain, 2 sestets made up of linked enclosed tercets, followed by
a refrain which is the repeat of the first line of each sestet.
metered at the discretion of the poet, lines should be similar length.
rhymed Abacbc Dedfef AD
The first line of each sestet are repeated in
refrain in the last couplet.

variable. The sonnet can be written with an alternate
rhyme scheme abacbC dedfeF CF
In this scenario the last line of each sestet
is repeated in refrain in the last couplet.

Example Poem:

Summer Camp Training (Cornish Sonnet)

There’s no doubt that canoeing is out for this year,
but the girls in the club are about to decide
who can help with the wrestling and drinking of beer.
I believe that deferring my diet ’til then
is an act for the public; self trimming- denied.
I’ll be ready for drinking so we’ll win again.

And no gals will face me in the rasseling bout.
Reinventing my self will begin the next day.
I’ll emerge to compete the next year, a trim scout.
But then maybe I ought not be selfishly bent,
for the team is in need of my girth and my sway,
so forget it! This way I’ll still get my own tent.
There’s no doubt that canoeing is out for this year.
And no gals will face me in the rasseling bout.

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Brisbane Sonnet

The Brisbane Sonnet consists of two sestets and a couplet. The original sestet was based on the Hymnal Octave form which has a rhyme scheme of a.b.c.b.a.b.c.b. Two of the b lines are removed and leave a rhyme scheme of a.b.c.a.b.c. by adding another similar sestet d.e.f.d.e.f. and a couplet, g.g., this sonnet form was born.
The Hymnal used an alternating meter Iambic Tetrameter followed by Iambic Trimeter. As the Australian dialect has its own natural meter which is a mixture of Iambic and Anapest the meter was set as just any Pentameter.
This sonnet form was created during a working visit to Brisbane during the floods after talking with some of the flood victims.

Example Poem

Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers (Brisbane Sonnet)

Should you be moved to speak in anger dear 
I ask that first you test your words alone. 
If meaning’s very clear, then is it fair? 
Unleashed, harsh words will travel like a spear, 
If anger stems from blunder of my own 
You know I’ll be contrite and seek repair. 
Why not delay, so anger can abate? 
Is it essential now that blame be found? 
Attack invokes defense without much thought. 
There’s nothing risked delaying words that grate. 
With calmer words we’ll both seek common ground. 
Use dulcet tones to reap the goal now sought. 
My love, use whispers closely late tonight.
I love you, honey; I will make it right.

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